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Sleep deprived? Try these tips to get more Zs

Is counting sheep to drift off to sleep not working for you? If that’s the case, you’re not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of the U.S. population states that they occasionally don’t get enough sleep. Nearly 10 percent experience chronic insomnia. Insomnia is a medical condition that keeps you from falling asleep, staying asleep or both.

Reading in sign, ink and song

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A baby girl learns sign language during a program offered Wednesdays at the Los Altos Library.

Visit Los Altos Library’s community room on a Wednesday afternoon and you’ll see its plain gray expanse descend into a slobbering, rolling, gurgling-baby Thunderdome.

Younger babies watch older babies. Toys rattle, jiggle and quake while children squeal without shushing. Parents ask each other questions, discuss impending returns to work and take the time to admire each other’s young.

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth

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El Camino Hospital’s mental health and addiction services leaders Michael Fitzgerald and Lauren Olaiz, above, review artwork, right, by participants in the After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education.

Nahal Zakerani, Ph.D., last week recounted a true and all-too-common scenario.

The El Camino Hospital therapist spoke of a 15-year-old girl who harmed herself and thought about committing suicide. She rarely communicated with her father – especially not about traumatic events from her childhood. But then the girl began attending the hospital’s After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education.

Healthcare district leader honored for work

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Dennis Chiu, right, received an award last month for his work as an El Camino Healthcare District board director.

The Association of California Healthcare Districts last month gave Dennis W. Chiu of the El Camino Healthcare District Board its Trustee of the Year award.

“I am humbled and grateful,” Chiu said. “I share this award with my fellow directors at El Camino Healthcare District, and recognize the hard work of other trustees and directors serving California’s other 78 healthcare districts.”

Autism: How kids fare in adulthood explored in Stanford books

A torrent of research in recent years has provided insight on how to help children with autism spectrum disorders. Less attention has gone to aiding them as they grow into teens and adults.

That has begun to change with books such as “Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Springer, 2014), which gathers the best recent information to guide families coping with this challenge. Researchers Fred R. Volkmar, Brian Reichow and James C. McPartland – authorities on autism spectrum disorders affiliated with Yale University – edited the book, which features chapters written by autism research leaders in their respective areas of expertise.

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